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West Babylon

West Babylon
The last of Suffolk County's 10 towns to be formed, Babylon was born out of resentment. Until the late 1800s, the southwestern corner of Suffolk was part of the Town of Huntington, and people referred to it as Huntington South. It was a designation that perturbed its residents. Finally in 1872, the residents of Amityville, Babylon and Breslau (now Lindenhurst) asked the State Legislature to separate Huntington into two townships. Their secessionist plea may have been helped by the weather. Of the 713 people who braved the cold on a particularly frigid day in January, 1872, 445 were from what then became Babylon. The town was officially formed on Jan. 3, 1873.
Photo: The Railroad Station...
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The last of Suffolk County's 10 towns to be formed, Babylon was born out of resentment. Until the late 1800s, the southwestern corner of Suffolk was part of the Town of Huntington, and people referred to it as Huntington South. It was a designation that perturbed its residents. Finally in 1872, the residents of Amityville, Babylon and Breslau (now Lindenhurst) asked the State Legislature to separate Huntington into two townships. Their secessionist plea may have been helped by the weather. Of the 713 people who braved the cold on a particularly frigid day in January, 1872, 445 were from what then became Babylon. The town was officially formed on Jan. 3, 1873.
Photo: The Railroad Station at Babylon from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • "Self-Defense" Gunman Talks After Fatally Shooting Intruder

    "Self-Defense" Gunman Talks After Fatally Shooting Intruder
    "It was self defense," is what Kenneth Messemer told PIX News exclusively Tuesday morning, regarding Messemer's fatally shooting a man who police call an intruder. When officers arrived at Messemer's home at 813 6th St. around 7:30 last night, they found...
  • Intruder Shot, Killed Inside Long Island Home

    Intruder Shot, Killed Inside Long Island Home
    A man was shot and killed inside a Long Island home Monday night and Suffolk County police are investigating whether he knew the homeowner. Police arrived at 813 6th Street in West Babylon at about 7:30 p.m.on a report that a man was shot. They...
  • Students From LI School Destroyed By Fire Return To Class

    Students From LI School Destroyed By Fire Return To Class
    Hundreds of students displaced from a fire that destroyed their school have found a new home and are heading back to class Tuesday. Some 320 students from South Bay Elementary School in West Babylon will be arriving at the steps of Our Lady of Grace...
  • LI Students Displaced After Elementary School Fire

    LI Students Displaced After Elementary School Fire
    Displaced students on Long Island will attend class at a nearby Catholic church Tuesday, after a fast-moving fire gutted most of their school. South Bay Elementary in West Babylon remains largely unsalvageable after flames ripped though the 1950s-era...
  • West Babylon School Destroyed by Fire

    West Babylon School Destroyed by Fire
    Sixteen fire departments joined forces late Thursday to fight a blaze that went on to destroy a West Babylon elementary school, leaving four hundred students without classrooms to return to Monday. Two of the three wings that make up South Bay Elementary...
  • OJ Simpson Lawyer Joins Case Of Wrong-Way Taconic Driver

    OJ Simpson Lawyer Joins Case Of Wrong-Way Taconic Driver
    A celebrity lawyer, who won a judgement against O.J. Simpson, is now getting involved in a lawsuit against the estate of a woman who drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway -- killing eight people, including herself. A law clerk for attorney...
  • Suit: Wrong-Way Victims Suffered Terror, Pain

    Suit: Wrong-Way Victims Suffered Terror, Pain
    Two victims of the wrong-way crash that killed eight people on a New York highway suffered terror and pain before they died, a lawsuit claims. The lawsuit by the family of victims Michael and Guy Bastardi targets the estate of Diane Schuler, the 36-year-...
  • Bittersweet Send-Off Before School Ban on Baked Goods

    Bittersweet Send-Off Before School Ban on Baked Goods
    Parents on Long Island gave their kids a sweet send-off before a school ban on homemade baked goods goes into effect Monday. Under the new guidelines, all snack foods will have to be prepackaged, and meet preprepared nutrition guidelines. A cupcake...
  • Sole Survivor Of The Taconic State Parkway Crash Home From Hospital

    Sole Survivor Of The Taconic State Parkway Crash Home From Hospital
    The 5-year-old sole survivor of the deadly Taconic State Parkway crash is back home after spending two months in the hospital. Bryan Schuler is recovering at his Long Island home in West Babylon after surviving the highway crash caused by his mother...
  • Another Driver Arrested For Driving Wrong-Way On Taconic

    Another Driver Arrested For Driving Wrong-Way On Taconic
    Just two months after a West Babylon mom allegedly drove drunk in the wrong direction on the Taconic State Parkway, a Bronx man has been arrested for the same offense. According to state police, Gregorio Pena, 44, of the Bronx had a blood-alcohol level...
  • Taconic Wrong-Way Driver To Be Exhumed, Tested

    Taconic Wrong-Way Driver To Be Exhumed, Tested
    The body of a woman who killed herself and seven other people by driving a minivan the wrong way on a parkway and crashing into an SUV will be exhumed for testing in an attempt to counter findings that she was drunk, a family lawyer said Tuesday....